Textiles & Fashion Design 

Design and create a garment of your own
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Textiles & Fashion Design

This program is for artists looking to contribute to the ever-evolving fashion world. Students will discuss trends and the future of fashion, from gender and sustainability to materiality, and learn to apply those concepts to the design and creation of a finished garment to add to their portfolio — or better yet, their wardrobe.

*18 year old students only accepted as part of a group where all students are returning to secondary education in September 2024. 18 year olds must follow all school rules as minors. Separate rules apply regarding lessons and activities, please enquire.

Textiles & Fashion Design Course Overview

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    Enjoy practical skills workshops leading to designing and constructing your own garment for a runway show.
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    Enjoy a variety of onsite activities including sports, arts and team games. Our activities allow students to use the English they have learnt and make international friends.
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    Educational Visits

    These visits provide the perfect complement to lectures and workshops and provide a real-world perspective to our courses.
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    Excursions allow students to really get to know the USA. In Boston, students will find historic and cultural information through guided walking tours and visits to museums and other places of interest.
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    Awarded for the successful completion of the course.

What You Will Learn

In this course, students will develop skills across all phases of the garment design and crafting process. Workshops and classes will focus on design, illustration, pattern draping and drafting, and garment construction. We will explore design through the conventional sketching, as well as collage, draping, and a variety of other methods. Learn easy-to-use illustration techniques to improve the quality and effectiveness of your visual communication abilities, and bring your first design from paper to a fully formed fabric creation.

Through our Textiles & Fashion Program you will::

  • Have gained the basic knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in garment design and making from your highly experienced tutor. 
  • Have been introduced to design briefs that challenge your understanding and knowledge of contemporary fashion.
  • Have experienced the fast-paced process of putting together a runway show.

Activities & Excursions

Students on this course will enjoy one full day excursion per week. Destinations may include Boston, Rhode Island and Canobie Lake Park. Evening activities are varied and fun and may include discos, talent shows and international evenings.

Sample Timetable

08:45 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
19:30 - 22:00
SUNArrival at accommodation and induction Movie Night
MONWelcome/ Inspiration Board Introduction Finalize Inspiration Board and begin design process Welcome Party: Team Building/ Name Games
TUES Finalize design project and fabric store field trip Included Half-day Excursion: Boston Harbor Cruise Halloween Party
WED Introduction to sewing machines/ tote-bag project Continue tote-bag project/ begin cutting garment project Jeopardy Quiz Night
THUCut garment pattern from fabric Begin work on garment sewing Karaoke Night
FRIFinal Design Project Presentation and Final Design
Introduce collage design project and continue sewing
Free Time on Newbury Street/ Public Gardens Neon Disco Party
SATIncluded Full Day Excursion: Canobie Lake Park Gym Night / Board Games / Arts & Crafts
08:45 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
19:30 - 22:00
SUNOnsite activities e.g. Team Building Games and shuttles to the mall Movie Night
MONContinue garment sewing and introduction to garment finishing techniques Included Half-day Excursion: Museum of Science Welcome Party: Team Building/ Name Games
TUES Studio sewing Field trip to Wrentham Premium Fashion Outlets Mardi Gras Party
WED Studio sewing Studio sewing and apply finishing techniques to garments Minute to Win It Competition
THUGarment finishing and preparation for photo shoot Editorial photo-shoot with guest photographer International Night
FRIGarment and photo-shoot critique with guest speaker Included Half-day Excursion: Historical Tour of Plymouth Hawaiian Disco Party
SATIncluded Full Day Excursion: Newport, Rhode Island Gym Night / Board Games / Arts & Crafts

*This is a sample timetable and all elements are subject to change.

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